May 14,1948. 5 Iyar 5708
May 14, 1948 5 Iyar 5708 Spray Paint & Acrylic on Canvas 2015
12*12" Original Painting Art Prints available S/M/L
The Land of Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people. Here their spiritual, religious and political identity was shaped… After being forcibly exiled from their land, the people kept faith with it throughout their Dispersion and never ceased to pray and hope for their return to it and for the restoration in it of their political freedom….By virtue of our natural and Historic right, hereby declare the establishment of a Jewish State in Eretz Yisrael to be known as the State of Israel. Declaration of Independence May 14, 1948 5 Iyar 5708
In this painting we see the flag of the State of Israel seemingly alive and vibrant, testifying to the survival of the Jewish People and their future to come in a homeland of their own. The bold flagpole from which it flies proclaims ownership of the land, linking our future of the Jewish people to the land of Israel.
The Holocaust lives within every Jew. Many of us visualize it in the black and white of the films chronicled by the Germans throughout the process of dehumanizing and extermination the Jewish People. To me, seeing the experiences in black and white served to separate myself, living in a technicolor world, from the horrors of the holocaust. For me, color is emotions, so without color I could keep the pain of the holocaust at a distance.
During the years, I have driven through European cities and countryside in which the Jewish victims lived and died. In the comfort of my air-conditioned car, surrounded by my oved ones, it hit me that less than a century ago it could have been us. In the beautiful fields and forest, the elegant cities, the heat of summer and the cold of winter that for the Jews, what they experienced was in the full color range of tragedy.
The art is not a story, it is an emotional portrayal of the loss, pain and prayer as I envision it.